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Nolan Baumgartner to Enter AHL Hall of Fame

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Nolan Baumgartner to Enter AHL Hall of Fame

The American Hockey League has announced its AHL Hall of Fame class of 2022. Headlining the four-man class is former Manitoba Moose captain and long-time defenceman Nolan Baumgartner.

Joining the 45-year-old Baumgartner is Keith Aucoin, Dave Creighton and Bill Torrey.

The Calgary, AB. product spent parts of 16 seasons within the league, skating for a total of 878 games – good for sixth all-time amongst AHL defencemen. He put up 83 goals and 307 assists for 390 points, while skating in three AHL All-Star Classics.

Baumgartner’s first taste of AHL action came with Portland, where he dress from 1996-2000, before skating with Norfolk from 2001-02. He joined the Moose from 2002-05, before playing the 2006-07 season with Philadelphia. He was back in Manitoba from 2007-11, before finishing off with Chicago from 2011-12.

Serving as captain of the Moose on two separate occasions, the steady blueliner wore the ‘C’ in both the 2004-05 and 2010-11 seasons in the antlers. He ranks second all-time in games played, points, goals, assists and shots on goal in Manitoba franchise history.

Baumgartner also skated in 142 games over the course of his NHL career with the Blackhawks, Stars, Flyers, Penguins, Canucks and Capitals. He put up seven goals and 47 points in those games. Following his retirement from the game, Baumgartner opted to begin a coaching career that has seen a progression from the AHL (2012-17) to the Vancouver Canucks (2017-present).

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com.

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